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A Life In The Rye

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

This new work looks at J.D.Salinger’s life and the impact that “Catcher In The Rye” had on him, his fans, and the world. More…

From the show:

The play gives insight into possible reasons that Salinger retreated from society after writing what became one of the best-selling books of all time.

Member Reviews (14)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining
Avg Score

Artistic, Long, Deep, Serious, Intense

See it if Powerful bio. Unable to cope with fame and PTSD, Salinger goes into reclusion with his fictional characters. Large well-directed cast.

Don't see it if You don't like bios. You want a happy experience. Weighty 1 hr 40 mins in a basement theater w/no intermission.

Also This bio goes deeper than most, and doesn’t sugarcoat its subject. It'... Read more Read less

Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Salinger, great theater or both. The production keeps most of the performers on stage & in character throughout. Effective!

Don't see it if you expect this biographical piece to be a realistic drama. It is chronological but jumps through time with two men playing Salinger.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if About JD Salinger life and his writing. See good acting.

Don't see it if 2 hrs, not a happy story.

Also Like that it was about his life and cover alot. Found out alot about h... Read more Read less

Some really good acting, Informative about jd's life influences, Interesting, Intelligent

See it if NYPLibrary/ 5th Av has a Salinger exhibit. I went before the show. Attending heightened my understanding of JDS & the show. Try to see it.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in Salinger. You like a straight line, story show. You do not believe fine theater happens in small, rough spaces.

Rye or die

See it if Love J.D. Salinger and the literary world.

Don't see it if Hate commuting to and from the East Village and sitting in a basement for two hours.

Also J.D. and his alter ego have a blast. His ladies are all sexy. It's bas... Read more Read less

Great directing!, Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Great acting

See it if U are fascinated in lifting the veil of mystery from one of America’s most influential writers & super private celebrity. Erudite research.

Don't see it if U r not fan of literary figures & prefer light entertainment. U like straight & narrow linear storytelling without time & dual role switches

Also The script is well written & material well researched given the fact t... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a tight, well acted, well directed play about one of the 20th Century's greatest American writers.

Don't see it if You don't like JD Salinger or have no interest in leaning about the man behind the works of A Catcher In The Rye or Franny & Zooey.

Overrated, Ambitious, Slow, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in J. D. Salinger.

Don't see it if you get easily bored.

Intelligent, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you have an interest in JD Salinger, the background to his artistic process and how he dealt with the public's response to his work.

Don't see it if you don't like Salinger, you need an intermission in an almost 2 hour show, or you don't like black box theatres.

Also (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) The play is a little too long. Some repetitive ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if J.D. Salinger interests you, and you don't mind unconventional role playing.

Don't see it if you are put off by confusing roles such as the same character at different ages interacting on stage. Literature doesn't interest you.

Also There was originality here. Having Salinger talk with himself and inte... Read more Read less

Informative, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if want to be entertained and also informed about JD Salinger and his life and works with clever intertwining of worlds.

Don't see it if do not like intimate spaces or have no care to learn more about JD Salinger.

Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If You want to see a brilliantly conceived presentation show with beautiful Acting and set

Don't see it if If You don’t like stories about legendary writers .. but this is worth seeing at any cost

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to be captivated by sensational performances brilliantly staged in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You dislike small venues.

Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intelligent, well researched, well written play with great performances for under $20

Don't see it if No. You should see it.

Also Lately I’ve seen plays on and off Broadway that have had me struggling... Read more Read less

November 11th, 2019
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